Normally, I would rather get a root canal than post a clip from Bill Maher's show, but I'm going to make an exception here. The following videos were made by filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi (Nancy Pelosi's daughter). The first part of the video shows some stereotypical rednecks from the deep South being...stereotypical rednecks from the deep South (Stereotype Right). The second part of the video shows stereotypical welfare seekers looking for handouts being...stereotypical welfare seekers looking for handouts (Stereotype Left). Unfortunately, Bill Maher also appears in the video. Sorry about that. I would have edited out his dumb comments if I could have, but I couldn't.
Alexandra Pelosi makes some excellent comments regarding these videos. What struck me was when she said the HBO people told her she couldn't put the welfare handout seekers on television, but they had no such trepidation about putting the southern rednecks on television. That is a prime example of the bias of political correctness that we see in our media. It's as if some people are off limits, and others are open season. You see it in the reaction of Maher's liberal audience. They laughed loudly at the redneck stereotypes, but not at the welfare stereotypes. It's a very strange phenomenon, in my opinion.
These ARE stereotypes, but stereotypes exist for a reason. While it would be ridiculous to paint all Mississippians as toothless racist rednecks who vote Republican, that demographic does exist. It would be equally ridiculous to paint all New York welfare seekers as lazy Democrats looking for their Obama bucks, but that demographic also exists.
I don't have a lot more to add here. I just thought this was interesting because Alexandra Pelosi made an effort to be fair (unlike her mother).
Any thoughts ?
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